What is ANPR ?

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Automatic Number Plate Recognition, also known as ANPR is often thought of as technology commonly used by traffic police or parking management companies but the new RoboPlate line of ANPR cameras and additional software is affordable and (now) available to business, property and home owners.

You probably know it as the technology that traffic police use to alert them to a suspect vehicle or to capture a speeding driver for example. You might be aware that it is used in most modern car parks to clock the time spent on site, triggering an automatic barrier to lift or a gate to open when a vehicle leaves. But with the right set-up, ANPR can do so much more, for so many more!

Choice of ANPR CCTV Camera Styles

roboplate Camera Styles
Lan Relay
Smart FTP
Alarm Output
Audio Output
RS485 Output
Software Add-ons

RoboPlate ANPR Software Solutions

For power users of ANPR equipment we have written our own software program called ANPR COMMAND CENTRE. This software makes it easy for the user to have more than the 3 black, white and grey lists and create as many as they want to trigger various actions. You could for example have a VIP list, Customer list, Staff list, Courier list etc.

The software allows additional flexibility to trigger alarm actions based on if X & Y happens then a certain event is triggered. The additional software also makes handling large volumes of registrations easier. The software is an add on and the cameras themselves can do the basic ANPR functions as a stand alone item.

In addition to the ANPR COMMAND CENTRE software a lightweight pop-up widget is available for PCs called RegWATCH that will display the live image and a pop up message from the camera when a registration match is made to its built in white or black list.

RoboPlate ANPR Command Centre Software

RoboPlate Command Centre
  • Vehicle Database and Management
  • Add extra lists - VIP, Staff etc.
  • Vehicle Groups
  • Group Scheduling
  • Windows® Based
  • Open Barriers & Gates
  • Trigger Network Relays
  • Audio & Visual Notifications
  • Send Emails
  • Trigger VoiceOff Announcements

How it Works

The software receives recognition results and full frame images from the ANPR cameras via the network and files these in a database for future retrieval.

It checks those results against its vehicle database and, subject to a successful match, can automatically generate network triggers, emails, audio and visual notifications.

Multiple Cameras

The Command Centre software can receive results from up to 4 cameras simultaneously. A live video feed is normally displayed for the operator but this can be switched off if not needed or when unattended.

Live video stream with list matches

Groups, Group Memberships and Scheduling

The software supports vehicle groups, named in a friendly manner these help categorise particular vehicles, you may for example have groups for normal staff, security staff, VIPs or contractors. For maximum flexibility, vehicles may be a member of multiple groups.

Advanced Group Membership table example

A schedule can be applied to each group specifying an active time period for specific days of the week. Subject to this schedule any of the defined actions may be triggered to happen.

Vehicle Records

Day to day admin of vehicle registrations is made into an easy task for operators by using a familiar Windows interface and additional information such as vehicle make, model, colour, owner can all be appended to the record. These details are displayed on-screen when a match is detected too. Lists can be maintained using a simple upload facility.

Stores Extra Data example

Database Search

The Command Centre software has extensive search facilities by date, owner or (partial) plate with a snapshot captured that can be saved for later use.

A barrier example

Subject to Detection Actions

A powerful aspect of this software is the ability to perform immediate, or delayed actions subject to detection of a particular registration plate including:

  • Audio & Visual notification via the PC
  • Audio announcement via a networked VoiceOFF
  • Email
  • Triggering of a network attached relay


A great solution for Enterprise users offering additional list membership, advanced scheduling, easy database searching, powerful relay triggering and comprehensive report outputs.

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RoboPlate Widget

RoboPlate RegWatch Widget

(Code:SOFT1046) Buy here...

If you want the RoboPlate camera to send pop up messages over a network when it gets a match, we've also written a simple widget. You'll need to install it on a PC and when the camera detects a number plate the window will pop up on the screen showing the live video stream on your PC, an audio file can be played and a windows notification received with a simple text message too.

RoboPlate FTP Server

RoboPlate RegWatch Widget

(Code: SOFT1044) Coming Soon

RoboPlate cameras have file transfer capability built in, they are able to send ANPR results in the form of a .jpg image to an FTP server.

We have written an easy-to-use RoboPlate specific FTP server capable of receiving those images and filing them on a per-camera basis. A Windows®-embedded file browser allows the operator to navigate the received files, viewing them in various ways: large or small icons/thumbnails, details or list view.

The files are intuitively named by list type (B/W/G) and dated for easy sorting and location. They are stored in dated folders making file maintenance very easy.

  • RoboPLate Standard

    RoboPlate Standard
    (Code: SOFT1030)

    June 2019 More Info

    An affordable, standalone ANPR solution, roboPlate captures and stores licence plates for later interrogation and triggering of access control such as gates and barriers.

  • RoboPlate Configure

    RoboPlate Configure
    (Code: SOFT1037)

    June 2019 More Info

    Already built in to RoboPlate Standard, Configure allows a second user/PC to connect to the main database which can be useful for integration with separate access control or time keeping systems.

  • RoboPlate FTP

    RoboPlate FTP
    (Code: SOFT1041)

    June 2019 More Info

    The easy to use FTP module uploads your number plate images to a secure storage area in the cloud either your own website or a 3rd party service, you can decide. It's an ideal way to gain off-site access to the captured licence plate information.

  • RoboPlate LAN

    RoboPlate LAN
    (Code: SOFT1036)

    June 2019 More Info

    Using this add-on module alongside the main RoboPlate ANPR software not only do you capture a vehicle registration plate but you can match it against a white list to open a gate, barrier or other access control equipment.

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